Sketching Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' version 1

This is one of my sketches from a Van Gogh Sunflowers session.

Van Gogh's Sunflowers No.1

"Sunflowers ?? !! ?? ", I hear you exclaim!

Here is the sketch and the original Van Gogh.

Van Gogh's Sunflowers No.1

Van Gogh's Sunflowers No.1

Aha! Hopefully you are saying "aha!" about now.

Can you see that it is an abstract version of the painting? All good painting and drawing is based on abstraction. Our brain interprets the world via abstractions.

So this is a compositional sketch. I am looking for:

  1. The big shapes
  2. The relationship between those shapes
  3. The rhythms

This process is explained in my book: How to Sketch Shapes.

How to Sketch Shapes - by Peter Inglis

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Inglis Code #874

As you paint, your palette should develop colours according to this graph.

The Inglis Colour Palette - organised after the Chevreaux colour wheel - Image © 2017 Peter Inglis

We use the 3 properties of colour to define and mix them: 1. Hue. 2. Tone. 3. Chroma.

Put the high chroma colours (straight from the tube) on the outside.

As we mix colours, the chroma decreases and we move toward the centre.

Musical style, with S-T-Y-L-E !

I talk about 'style' in each lesson as we study Monet, Van Gogh and Cezanne, who all have very distinctive styles.

In this video Nahre Sol plays 'Mary had a little lamb' in the styles of about a dozen great composers.

There are plenty of labels and visual cues to help you follow the ideas. Enjoy!

If the video does not show, click here to see it at YouTube.

The video is played by Nahre Sol (Alice Gi-Young Hwang), a young pianist and composer. She likes to combine improvisation with traditional Western form and harmony. She completed her undergraduate studies in 2013 at The Juilliard School and did further composition study in Paris.

Please give her video a 'like'!

Benefits of the Inglis Art Method

What are are the benefits of learning the structured, repertoire based Inglis Art Method?

It's fun!

Movement literacy enables emotional expression and communication!
Movement literacy enables emotional expression and communication!

The method draws on a wide variety of disciplines, including dance, music performance and learning, psychology, meditation, martial arts, time and motion study... and more.

Complex activities such as art, music and dance contain a hierarchy of skills.
Complex activities such as art, music and dance contain a hierarchy of skills.

By completing paintings with my method you will be systematically developing all of these capabilities:

  • Develop their painting ability
  • Explore their art tastes
  • Develop their creativity
  • Literacy in the language of visual communication
  • Thinking abstractly
  • Creativity via Process
  • Achieving Focus
  • Entering the Flow State
  • Creative Visualisation
  • Abstract thinking
  • Right Brain mode (Switching in and out)
  • Relaxation
  • Coordination
  • Proprioceptive Perception (where is your body?)
  • Kineasthetic Perception (where are you moving?)
  • Synaesthetic Perception (sound and colour)

Count 'em!
Count 'em!

Here are just some of the technical art skills you will practice in these sessions:

  • Sketching
  • Brush Techniques
  • Colour Mixing
  • Painting like a master
  • Understanding visual language

Learn to see in 6 dimensions!
Learn to see in 6 dimensions!

Learning to see abstract patterns.
Learning to see abstract patterns.
In this case a Monet's Japanese Bridge 1899, No.2, at the texture mapping stage.

Cracking the genius code

Do you want to be a genius? Do you have the time?

Getting there is where the fun really lays.

We are all born with varying skills and abilities.

The good news is that, all of us being human, we share those skills and abilities, and can develop them to a large degree through training and practice.

Developing artistic talent in 3 steps

In any population a particular skill will be distributed as shown in the standard "bell curve".

Artistic Talent is not just one thing, it's a network of skills including line, texture, form, colour, tone, composition. All of these skills are learnable. I include all of them under "Method".

  1. Method: an efficient process which involves artistic skill sets
  2. Technique: how you handle your equipment, based on coordination
  3. Repertoire: your body of work

In each session at Inglis Academy we develop your method and technique by adding to your repertoire.

If you keep adding to the repertoire, who knows, you might be an artistic genius too! But not everybody has the time to develop into a genius and that's OK.

Taking any number of steps along that path is an immensely satisfying life experience!